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There are 7 comments on A Turning Point for Ants in Cinema

  1. Thanks for a great review of Ant-Man. I really enjoyed the perspective of ant expert Dr. Traniello. What a fresh way to look at an entertainment movie. And hooray for ants not being portrayed as meaningless pests on our planet! Now if we could work on portraying female anything as strong and intelligent instead of assuming or fabricating reality so the only creatures who can do these sorts of heroic deeds are all male…. That’s for another movie. Well done review and I especially liked the recap of ant movies in history.

  2. Moran: Ants don’t really communicate through electromagnetic waves, right?

    Traniello: No, it’s mainly chemicals and substrate vibration.

    I think Traniello has it wrong. According to a line in a poem I read in high school, ants are compassionate and speak a language called “Formic.” A line in the poem goes goes: “The word went out in Formic that death had come to Jerry MacCormick.” Ahh, once again, poetry trumps science!

  3. Does Professor Traniello have any advice for a human “aunt” who would like an ecologically friendly way to eliminate hordes of ants invading the kitchen, the garden, the garage, and the green-waste barrel, not to mention arms, feet, hair and clothing?
    Aunt Mary Moran

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